Vol. 5 Num 317 Mon. April 18, 2005  

Crowd trouble in India again

The Indian and Pakistani teams walked off New Delhi's Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Sunday following crowd trouble during the sixth and final one-day international.

The game was disrupted after a hail of missiles hit the ground and players from both sides failed to calm the angry crowds.

India were reeling at 94-6 in reply to Pakistan's 303 for 8.

Water bottles, plastic glasses and other missiles rained on to the outfield as India headed for a massive defeat.

Police appealed for calm over loudhailers and Rapid Action Force anti-riot personnel moved in to restore order.

The players returned and play resumed after more than a quarter of an hour.

"Police arrangements were adequate," said Sneh Bansal, secretary of Delhi and District Cricket Association.

"(It was) not anything that could have hurt the players. Just a show of disappointment by a section of the crowd," he said.

Crowd trouble has in the past blighted cricket on the sub-continent with India forced to complete a Test match against Pakistan in an empty stadium in Kolkata in 1999 after police cleared the ground following disturbances.

SAME OLD INDIAN SCENE: Security men try to appease disgruntled Indian cricket fans after they threw water bottles on to the ground with the home side were reduced to 94-6 in reply to Pakistani 303-8 at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday. PHOTO: AFP